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Town planning board closes public hearing on Owera Vineyards’ proposed event building

After a two-hour public hearing to discuss the proposed new 6,300 square-foot events building by Owera Vineyards on its East Lake Road land, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board closed the public hearing on the issue, which means a decision by the board on whether or not to approve the application must be made within the next two months. The hearing was similar to many of the previous public hearings on Owera’s proposals during the past year with East Lake Road neighborhood residents voicing concerns over the winery’s noise, lighting, traffic and hours of operation. There were, however, a few new points and facts brought up at the planning board’s Dec. 4 meeting — including the news that Owera owner Peter Muserlain is currently in the midst of an intellectual property theft lawsuit that potentially could affect, if not disable, his plans for the new winery building.

Village board presents proposed law to change Riverside Drive zoning

The Cazenovia village board last week released a proposed local law to change the zoning of the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor behind the public library in its attempt to improve the undeveloped area.

From the state senate: Support Cell Phones for Soldiers

I have kicked off my seventh-annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive to help our soldiers serving overseas stay connected with their loved ones back home, especially during the holidays. You can support this important cause by donating your gently-used mobile phones to any of my designated collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the city of Auburn. 

Mr. Katko goes to Washington

Congressman-elect shares his thoughts about his coming term

On Nov. 4, voters in the 24th Congressional District sent a resounding message: they no longer wanted Dan Maffei to represent them. Maffei, a Democrat, lost to Republican challenger John Katko, a former U.S. Attorney, by a margin of 73,317 votes to 55,268. Katko said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the victory. “We were going door-to-door for the last couple of weeks of the campaign … and we were getting a pretty good response,” he said. “I just felt the momentum, so I wasn’t surprised that we won.”

Nelson tax rate to increase 9 percent next year

Nelson residents will see their taxes increase by 9 percent in 2015, due mainly to the town’s need to update its fleet of highway department trucks and the costs that will be associated with that action.

Town of Fenner votes to adopt 2015 budget

Tax rate to stay the same as 2014

The Fenner town board last week voted to adopt the 2015 preliminary budget as the final budget, which will have the same tax rate as last year.

Absentee ballots counted: Magee retains assembly seat

Nearly two weeks after Election Day, the race for the NY-121 State Assembly seat has concluded, with challenger John Salka conceding that incumbent Assemblyman Bill Magee won the election.

Creekside zone redevelopment analysis completed, presented to village board

After months of analysis and public input on how best to redevelop the Riverside Drive/Chittenango Creek area behind the library, the village’s hired community planner has presented his findings and recommendations to the village board. In short, accomplishing a solid redevelopment of the area will require probable rezoning, along with a nature trail and public park development plan, Dan Kwasnowski, of Applied Planning, told the board during its Nov. 3 regular monthly meeting.

Cazenovia town board approves final 2015 budget

After making some final adjustments to the numbers and holding a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke, the Cazenovia Town Board last week approved the final version of its 2015 town budget. The final budget includes a $3 million total budget with $1.4 million to be raised by taxes. The proposal includes a 4 percent tax rate increase townwide, with a 1 percent tax rate increase for town residents outside the village.

Cazenovia, Fenner election candidates cruise to easy victories

Last-minute write-in candidacy for Fenner town board garners 25 percent of vote

Unopposed candidates for town board and town justice in Cazenovia and Fenner cruised to easy victories in Tuesday’s election, although a last-minute write-in candidacy for Fenner town board did garner about 25 percent of the vote.

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Antonacci falls in bid for state comptroller

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci has failed in his attempt to become the state’s next comptroller. Antonacci, a Republican, earned 55,155 votes in Onondaga County to Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli’s 66,602. Statewide, Antonacci said he earned more than a million and a half votes, setting a record for an Onondaga County candidate.

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Unopposed state legislators return to office

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season. The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

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Magee claims victory in state Assembly race, Salka not conceding yet

Twelve-term state assemblyman Bill Magee has declared victory in his election race against challenger John Salka in the 121st district – but the margin is so slim, and with more than 1,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, Salka is not conceding the race.

DEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for public comment

Public comments accepted through Dec. 15

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in New York state for public comment. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 15.

Project Cafe to host election night dinner

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Project C.A.F.E. is hosting an Election Night Dinner Fundraiser, all members of the family are welcome. Place your vote them come to Dave's Diner to enjoy an affordable dinner of your choice with proceeds supporting Project C.A.F.E. community activities.

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